This goes beyond staunch support for abortion. Is Ginsburg a eugenicist?
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg seems to
have made a stunning admission in favor of cleansing America of
unwanted populations by aborting them. In an interview with the New
York Times, the judge said that Medicaid should cover abortions, and
that she had originally expected that Roe v. Wade would facilitate such
coverage in order to control the population of groups “that we don’t
want to have too many of.”
The statement was made in the context of a discussion
about the fact that abortions are not covered by Medicaid, and
therefore are less available to poor women. “Reproductive choice has to
be straightened out,” said Ginsburg, lamenting the fact that only women
“of means” can easily access abortion.
“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was
concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations
that we don’t want to have too many of,” Ginsburg told Emily Bazelon of
the New York Times.
Justice Ginsburg’s remarks appear to align her
expectations for abortion with those of Planned Parenthood founder
Margaret Sanger, and other prominent members of the 20th century’s
eugenics movement. Sanger and her eugenicist peers advocated the
systematic use of contraception, sterilization, and abortion to reduce
the numbers of poor, black, immigrant and disabled populations.
Ironically, the New York Times interview began as an exploration of
Ginsburg’s thoughts on Supreme Court hopeful Sonia Sotomayor as she
prepares for her confirmation hearings this month. Coverage of
Sotomayor frequently emphasizes her success story as an underprivileged
minority from the Bronx who rose to prominence at Princeton and Yale
So if Ginsburg and like-minded activists had had their way, how many
Sotomayors…and Obamas….would never have been born? In fact, with
abortion on demand provided when Justice Harry Blackmun took the law
out of the hands of all 50 states with Roe, how many potentially great
leaders, scholars, artists….even judges….have we lost, one wonders.
Under Ginsburg’s ideology, we would have lost many more.